KlezmerQuerque 2017

KlezmerQuerque 2017, February 17th-19th

  • MUSIC
  • DANCE
  • SCHEDULE
  • PERFORMANCES
  • WORKSHOPS

CHRISTINA CROWDER, ACCORDION

2014 crc acc I 2nd editChristina started playing Jewish music in Budapest, Hungary, where she lived from 1993 to 2002. She is a founding member of Di Naye Kapelye—an ensemble dedicated to researching and performing traditional eastern European Jewish music. The group did original research in Hungary and Romania and in the 8 years Christina performed with the ensemble, Di Naye Kapelye toured extensively in Europe and performed at numerous festivals including the Jewish Music Festival in Krakow, Poland, the Festival d'Ete in Nantes, France and many others.

From 1999 to 2001 Christina and her husband John DeMetrick pursued Fulbright grants in Romania, working with elderly violinists who had played music for Jewish communities before the Second World War. The pair made field recordings of those musicians and also pursued archival and library sources for Jewish material and an understanding of the local influences on Jewish musical styles. Christina continues this research with a project to document connections between Jewish, Bessarabian, and Greek music through NYU Abu Dhabi. Christina currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, where she performs with the local klezmer ensemble the Nu Haven Kapelye, teaches students, and leads the chamber klezmer trio Bivolița (bee-vo-lee-tsa). She also performs with the Alexander Fiterstein Trio, the Wholesale Klezmer Band, and the Dave Levitt Klezmer Trio. She has been a guest instructor in klezmer accordion and ensemble performance in Paris, Albuquerque, Duluth, and Asheville, and performs regularly with klezmorim including Margot Leverett, Alicia Svigals, and Walter Zev Feldman. 

JACK YANKL FALK, CLARINET AND VOCALS

kaustinen 19968Jack (Yankl) Falk is perhaps best-known for his work with Hungary's Yiddish roots ensemble, Di Naye Kapelye, with whom he recorded three CDs of Carpathian Jewish music. 

Yankl was introduced to Yiddish song and cantorial music by his zeyde (grandfather) Benny Schnable (z’l). A traditional singer of Jewish liturgy, he has served as a traveling High Holidays cantor throughout North America.  With his wife Reva, he founded Portland’s long-running Yiddish Hour.  

Yankl is the featured vocalist with Don Byron’s acclaimed Music of Mickey Katz ensemble. He has recorded with Polka Madre (Mexico City), Di Fidl-Kapelye (Amsterdam), Klezmocracy (Portland), Yale Strom (San Diego), and the Black Cat Orchestra (Seattle). His current projects include collaborations with violinist Andrew Ehrlich, cellist Lori Goldston, and vocalist Jessika Kenney.

Ari Davidow- reviewer and editor of ‘The Klezmershack’ posts, “Yankl’s singing,”…”returns us to a time when the power of the voice could tell a story and move an audience.”  Lev Liberman of The Klezmorim says, “Jack's clarinet stylings astonish the ear with a hurricane of shrieking, bleating proclamations and counter-assertions. His melodic interpretations threaten to careen off the tracks, but somehow he gets you to the end of the tune intact, if breathless.”  Hear Yankl play: https://youtu.be/Xws3K2PiLtM

CLARA BYOM

Clara NewHeadshotBWClara Byom is a performer, scholar, and educator in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree with a double concentration in Musicology and Clarinet Performance. Her master’s thesis, Mixing in Too Much Jewish: American Klezmer Musicians of the 1950s to 1970s (working title), discusses four important clarinetists during the decades prior to the klezmer revitalization, their continued development of the bulgar genre, and expressions of Jewish-American identity during the twentieth century. For the past several years she has also devoted time to the archiving, cataloging, and digitizing the field recordings of Michael Alpert.

Clara maintains a busy performance schedule throughout New Mexico and frequently returns to the Midwest for special concerts and tours. She performs klezmer, English Country, contra dance, Scottish dance, and contemporary classical music on clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, and accordion. Clara is a founding member of Di Kavene Kapelye, Rusty Tap, and Duo Mozzafiato, and co-founder/ co-director of New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble. She also performs regularly with The Rebbe's Orkestra, The Thrifters, and New Music New Mexico.


DI KAVENE KAPELYE

Der Kavenye KapelyeFormed in the fall of 2014, Di Kavene Kapelye (Yiddish for The Watermelon Band), is a klezmer trio based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Clara Byom (clarinet, bass clarinet) is a graduate student at the University of New Mexico in Clarinet Performance and Musicology; she brings lyrical virtuosity to the melodies. Jeff Brody (fiddle, banjo, vocals) is a software developer, aikidoka, and life-long violinist, who performs with a Yiddishe neshama. Randi Thompson (accordion, vocals) is an optometrist and connoisseur of "strange, foreign sounds", who accompanies with exuberant and emotive playing.

They came together as a trio in 2014 having played as part of The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band. All of them love the excitement of playing for dancing. Together, they are committed to a sound that is both deeply rooted in authentic klezmer tradition and alive in the present, a music that exists in that beautifully chaotic tension between the sacred and the profane. The ensemble’s repertoire draws from a wide variety of sources, including material learned at KlezmerQuerque and KlezKanada workshops. The ensemble is strongly influenced by their mentors, Beth Cohen and Margot Leverett.

THE REBBE'S ORKESTRA

RebOrk6 MoreInsts DeboLFT smIncorporating the sounds and rhythms of Jewish music from many parts of the world, The Rebbe's Orkestra brings a unique style to Klezmer–the Jewish instrumental dance music of Eastern Europe. The band's repertoire also includes instrumental pieces from the Middle-East, folk songs in Yiddish, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Hebrew, Arabic and Romanes (the language of the Roma/ Gypsies), Israeli folk dance tunes, traditional fiddle tunes and songs from New Mexico, as well as traditional music from the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Recording and performing throughout the southwest since 1996, The Rebbe's Orkestra has been exploring the ways in which Jewish people have interacted with surrounding musical traditions over the centuries to produce music which is uplifting and uniquely Jewish. From Spain to Iraq, Poland to the Mediterranean: The Rebbe's Orkestra plays tunes and songs as widely divergent as the geography and yet with surprisingly similar themes that would make any Rebbe kvell and dance with joy.

Band members of The Rebbe's Orkestra are:

  • Beth Cohen-violin/mandolin/banjo/vocals;
  • Barbara Friedman-bass/tambura/vocals;
  • Randy Edmunds-guitar/tambura/vocals; and
  • Debo Orlofsky-accordion/vocals.
  • Mary Masuk-percussion (doumbek, tapan, riqq, daide, snare drum, cymbal, Turkish wooden spoons, & tar drum).
  • Often appearing with the ensemble is guest clarinetist Clara Byom, dance leader Jamie Cohen-Edmunds &/or dance leaders from Nahalat Shalom's 'Rikud' Yiddish dance troupe.

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THE REBBE'S ORKESTRA celebrated the release of its first CD at KlezmerQuerque 2010: "Klezmer y Mas"!! 
Available at KlezmerQuerque.
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bruce photoBruce Bierman originates from a combo of his mother's thick East L.A. Boyle Heights origins and his dad's St. Louis 'Bierman's Delicatessen' schmaltzy beginnings. He took his first infant dance steps to the klezmer accordion of his Uncle Dave and the Yiddish melodies of his Bubbe from Kiev.

After earning a degree in theater from U.C. Santa Cruz, he went on to perform and teach with the acclaimed Aman International Folk Dance Ensemble bringing world dance to students of all ages throughout the country. Bruce is also an award winning playwright and director and recently directed and choreographed the New Yiddish Theater's production of 'The Megillah of Itzik Manger' for the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival. Bruce has studied with some of the great masters of Yiddish, Yemenite and Israeli dance and is a leading presenter of Yiddish dance and theater in the Bay Area. He currently teaches, directs and choreographs for the groundbreaking Stagebridge Theater Company in Oakland.

Bruce will teach three dynamic workshops on Sunday as well as leading dancing on Thursday at the special Klezmer and Knishes event at the Albuquerque Museum, leading more dancing at the Freylekher Shabes Friday evening, leading more joyous dancing at Saturday's Concert and Dance Party.  It's going to be an uplifting time!

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KlezmerQuerque 2017 Schedule of Events 

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Thursday evening, February 16, 2017: 5pm-8:30pm.  Special KlezmerQuerque event in partnership with ABQ Museum 3rd Thursdays. FREE evening events: The Rebbe’s Orkestra with dancing led by BRUCE BIERMAN!! 

Friday evening, February 17, 2017:6:00-6:25pm.  Special FREE Dance program for children with BRUCE BIERMAN! 6:30pm: Der Freylekher Shabes (Joyous Shabbat) with GUEST ARTISTS Jack, Christina & Bruce plus Cantorial Soloist Beth Cohen, Alavados Band, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud Yiddish dance troupe and The Rebbe's Orkestra. 6:30 -- A joyous danced & participatory old country Shabbat service (ARTISTS’ participation optional); 7:15 -- vegetarian potluck dinner; 7:45 -- brief performance by The Rebbe’s Orkestra (10 mins.) with optional dancing led/taught by Bruce; 8pm –GUEST MUSIC ARTISTS (20 mins. max.), followed by more dancing led by GUEST ARTIST BRUCE BIERMAN and Rikud Dancers to klezmer music by The Nahalat Shalom Klezmer Band.

Saturday, February 18, 2017: 10:00am-12:30pm: Shabes Koydesh Service with Hazzan Jack “Yankl” Falk.

Saturday evening Feb. 18, 2017: 7-10pm / doors @ 6:30pm BIG CONCERT & DANCE PARTY!! Concert & dance party Featuring 2 sets (approx. 7:35-8:35pm & 9-9:45pm) by GUEST MUSIC ARTISTS incl. BRUCE for dance - following the opening act of The Rebbe’s Orkestra (7-7:30pm). 

Sunday, February 19, 2017: THREE 90 minute workshops in klezmer music & dance from 10am-5:30pm featuring GUEST ARTISTS--PLUS a special catered Lunch 'n Learn

Session #1 (10-11:30am) $20.00 Pick one class:

Bruce Bierman: The Joy of Yiddish Dance. Discover golden gems of the Hasidik and klezmer dance repertoire that are sure to lift your spirits and connect you to the joyous and soulful music of the Ashkenazi Jews. Made for the folk by the folk, the main dances: freylekhs, shers, shers, zhoks, and khosidls are less concerned with fancy footwork and more with painting the dance floor with swirling circles, snaking lines, contra lines and varying patterns on the dance floor that create immediate connection and massive amounts of joy and laughter. You are invited to follow the Dance Master, but encouraged to shine with your own unique individual expression. All ages and experiences welcome. 

Christina Crowder: Join accordionist and ethno-musicologist Christina Crowder for a session in which she will introduce new material from her Moldavian collections. The session will explore similarities and differences in the ways that Moldavians and Jews approached and transformed very similar music to suit their own cultural purposes. Issues of accompaniment style and texture, ornamentation, and elaboration will be addressed while learning a pile of cool tunes. 

Jack “Yankl” Falk: "Baym Zeydns Tish" -- Yankl shares some of his favorite nigunim and zmiros from across the chasidic world (and beyond). Learn new tunes and enrich your own tish!

Noon-2:00pm: ‘Lunch 'n Learn’ featuring Clara Byom, clarinetist & UNM graduate student in ethnomusicology: Enjoy a delicious catered ‘milkhik’ lunch (NO meat / YES:fish, eggs, dairy & lots of veggie foods) to the music of ABQ’s own Watermelon Klezmer Band: Di Kavene Kapelye.  Then Clara will present "Mixing in Too Much Jewish: American Klezmer Musicians of the 1950s to 1970s"  MUST BE REGISTERED BY FEBRUARY 9!!!  Lecture without lunch requires a $5 minimum donation.

Session #2 (2:15-3:45pm) $20.00 pick one class: 

Bruce Bierman: !Freilekh Fiesta! ---dance to groovy Latin klezmer music by the one and only Irving Fields of 'Bagels and Bongos' fame. Try the 'Havannah Negila' or the 'Mazeltov Merengue'. Basic steps, patterns and stylings of Yiddish and Latin dance will be taught and fused together in one picante mishmash. 

Christina Crowder: Zhok, Slow Hora, Dobriden and the Ovoid Rhythm. This workshop session will be a deep dive into the most difficult rhythm to count, yet the easiest rhythm to feel in the klezmer/Moldavian Transitional repertoire. Both physics and metaphysics will be recklessly invoked to inspire participants to let go of rigid concepts of “three” and complicated notions of “five” in favor of a new epistemology of the Oval and the Ovoid rhythm as a guiding principle for the different styles and dance tempos within the broad category of Zsok/Slow Hora. 

Jack “Yankl” Falk: "Jewish and Goyish" -- We are a people of many languages, and our song tradition reflects that. In this workshop, we'll go beyond the familiar Yiddish canon to discover the chasidic and Jewish folk songs that our Hungarian and Polish neighbors could understand Smacznego! Egeszegedre! 

Session #3 (4-5:30pm) $20.00 pick one class:
Bruce Bierman: The Ecstatic Jewish Dance Experience -- Glorious Jewish World Beat and Middle East grooves are our soundtrack as the whole body gets a gentle invigorating stretch in warm-ups based on the shapes and deeper meanings of the Hebrew letters. Then, vocabulary, gestures, stylings and patterns of the Yemenite and Hasidic ecstatic dances will be shared and set into motion. Come dance your prayers for a world of sholem and salaam.

Yankl and Christina: "The Nign Inside the Nign" -- For vocalists and instrumentalists. Each one of us has a unique relationship with sacred melodies. In this workshop, we'll work together to go to the heart of Ashkenazic chant. Peel back the klezmer instrumental and find the nign at its core. For instrumentalists, the Nign workshop will help non-singers bring elements of vocal technique — and vocal thinking — into both melodic and accompaniment playing. 

“Zayt Gezints” – Be well / farewells / till next year (5:30pm-5:45pm)

On Saturday, February 18, join us for a CONCERT AND DANCE PARTY featuring our GUEST ARTISTS: JACK "YANKL" FALK, CHRISTINA CROWDER, and BRUCE BIERMAN

The doors will open at 6:30p.m. for the big concert and dance party. At 7:00p.m. local ‘faves’ The Rebbe’s Orkestra, will open the show. At 7:30pm Jack “Yankl” Falk, and Christina Crowder will present a concert which will begin with primarily vocal music accompanied by accordion. These pieces will include Havdallah (end of Shabbat) melodies, and Chassidic melodies including a beautiful Chabad melody of the prayer “Ki Hinei Kahomeyr…” (…who, as the clay in the hand of the potter, when he wishes expands it and when he wishes contracts it…). The performance will build into energetic Moldavian and Carpathian dance melodies featuring the accordion and clarinet.  Joining Falk & Crowder will be Charles Casimiro on the double bass, who performs regularly with Crowder on the east coast.  At 9:00p.m., following the concert and intermission, the dance party will begin with live music by the guest artists and local klezmer friends with dancing led by Bruce Bierman.

$18 online or $25 at the door ($20 seniors/students).  Individual Concert ticket registration will not be taken or held over the phone.

One ticket is included with each "All Events" registration.  Individual tickets can only be bought online or at the door.

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2017 KlezmerQuerque Workshops -- Sunday, February 19th

Session #1 (10-11:30am) – $20.00 pick one class : 

Bruce Bierman: The Joy of Yiddish Dance. Discover golden gems of the Hasidik and klezmer dance repertoire that are sure to lift your spirits and connect you to the joyous and soulful music of the Ashkenazi Jews. 

Made for the folk by the folk, the main dances: freylekhs, shers, shers, zhoks, and khosidls are less concerned with fancy footwork and more with painting the dance floor with swirling circles, snaking lines, contra lines and varying patterns on the dance floor that create immediate connection and massive amounts of joy and laughter. You are invited to follow the Dance Master, but encouraged to shine with your own unique individual expression. All ages and experiences welcome. 

Christina Crowder: Join accordionist and ethno-musicologist Christina Crowder for a session in which she will introduce new material from her Moldavian collections. The session will explore similarities and differences in the ways that Moldavians and Jews approached and transformed very similar music to suit their own cultural purposes. Issues of accompaniment style and texture, ornamentation, and elaboration will be addressed while learning a pile of cool tunes. 

Jack “Yankl” Falk: "Baym Zeydns Tish" -- Yankl shares some of his favorite nigunim and zmiros from across the chasidic world (and beyond). Learn new tunes and enrich your own tish! 

Lunch ‘n Learn (noon-2pm – Lecture begins at 12:45pm) $15.00 – Lunch Reservation DEADLINE is Thursday February 9th – Lecture Only is a $5.00 minimum donation: 

Clara Byom – "Mixing in Too Much Jewish: American Klezmer Musicians of the 1950s to 1970s"
Building on Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’s call for a greater understanding of music from the 1950s to 1970s, Clara demonstrates in this talk that the second generation American klezmorim maintained the traditional characteristics from their predecessors and foreshadowed the creative innovations of klezmer music in the revitalization. The klezmorim from the 1950s-1970s did not merely preserve a waning tradition, they primed the scene for the changes to follow through the continued development of the bulgar genre, incorporation of popular American dance styles, shifting instrumentation of ensembles, more rapidly changing and complex harmonic progressions, and increased use of chromaticism and the major scale. 

Using examples from the repertoire of Sam and Ray Musiker, Sidney Beckerman, and Marty Levitt, Clara frames musical developments in klezmer music throughout the twentieth century as evidence of the increasing fluidity of Jewish-American identity and the music of the second-generation of klezmorim as a critical and too-often neglected part of the American klezmer tradition. 

Session #2 (2:15-3:45pm) $20.00 pick one class: 

Bruce Bierman: !Freilekh Fiesta! ---dance to groovy Latin klezmer music by the one and only Irving Fields of 'Bagels and Bongos' fame. Try the 'Havannah Negila' or the 'Mazeltov Merengue'. Basic steps, patterns and stylings of Yiddish and Latin dance will be taught and fused together in one picante mishmash. 

Christina Crowder: Zhok, Slow Hora, Dobriden and the Ovoid Rhythm. This workshop session will be a deep dive into the most difficult rhythm to count, yet the easiest rhythm to feel in the klezmer/Moldavian Transitional repertoire. Both physics and metaphysics will be recklessly invoked to inspire participants to let go of rigid concepts of “three” and complicated notions of “five” in favor of a new epistemology of the Oval and the Ovoid rhythm as a guiding principle for the different styles and dance tempos within the broad category of Zsok/Slow Hora. 

Jack “Yankl” Falk: "Jewish and Goyish" -- We are a people of many languages, and our song tradition reflects that. In this workshop, we'll go beyond the familiar Yiddish canon to discover the chasidic and Jewish folk songs that our Hungarian and Polish neighbors could understand Smacznego! Egeszegedre! 

Session #3 (4-5:30pm) $20.00 pick one class:
Bruce Bierman: Yiddish Dance on Film --
Archival dance footage with 'footnotes' from the Golden 

Age of Yiddish Cinema! 

Yankl and Christina: "The Nign Inside the Nign" -- For vocalists and instrumentalists. Each one of us has a unique relationship with sacred melodies. In this workshop, we'll work together to go to the heart of Ashkenazic chant. Peel back the klezmer instrumental and find the nign at its core. For instrumentalists, the Nign workshop will help non-singers bring elements of vocal technique — and vocal thinking — into goth melodic and accompaniment playing. 

“Zayt Gezints” – Be well / farewells / till next year (5:30pm-5:45pm) 





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